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World premiere of ‘The Young Suite’ wows local crowd

Jul 27, 2018

The world premiere of a musical suite composed by a former local music teacher was performed in Young on Friday.

‘The Young Suite’ for clarinet and piano by Malcolm Dunbar received a wide acclaim when it was performed by Trevor Taylor and Emily Calvert of Young at a Take 5 on Friday concert in Young Library.

Mr Dunbar, who led a resurgence of music in the town in the 1980’s and 1990’s, introduced the work to an audience of around 60 people.

He moved from Young with his family 23 years ago. Now living in Sydney and retired, he wrote ‘The Young Suite’ score in 2014. The composer’s introductory notes to the suite explain that the pieces were inspired by his enjoyable and memorable time in Young with his family and are about places in and around Young.

The suite comprises of six pieces: ‘The Frogmore Hop’, ‘Dance at Bribbaree’, ‘Rainy Night at Iandra Castle’, ‘Boorowa Road Less Travelled’, ‘Monteagle Eagle’ and ‘Zouch Street and Beyond’.

Mr Dunbar said he appreciated the support of people who came along to hear the music, and the fact that the work was premiered in the town it was written about. “It was fun writing it and having someone performing it is the icing on the cake, especially when the people are good performers.” he said. Mr Dunbar praised the Take 5 on Friday concept as well as the Young Library venue as a concert space. “The venue is good, intimate, has good acoustics with the audience close so you can interact.” he said.

‘The Young Suite’ and other songs including the ‘Murringo Yabbies Yum Yum’ also featured in the presentation, which was the 46th Take 5 concert since its inception in July 2017. During the concert Mr Dunbar also played keyboard, his wife Robyn played clarinet and Sydney friends Ken and Joyce Doust played accordion, percussion and sang.

Mr Dunbar has been invited back to Young Library to premiere more of his prodigious compositions. He plans to return in early 2019. Next time he will present what he described as nonsense songs as well as some serious works with the ‘Sheep Dip Blues’ a real possibility on the program. “Down at Chinaman’s Dam” and pieces about Koorawatha Falls and Wombat Pub will also be presented.

Mr Dunbar has also composed a piece for a local cello group, The Accidentals called the ‘The Short Street Swing’.

During the visit Mr Dunbar caught up with Young High ex- students, neighbours and friends from the former church the family attended. He also met local soprano Julie O’Connor who, with Peter Robinson, was a member of his group, ‘Unity’.

The former Young composer described the experience of the concert as fantastic and looks forward to returning soon with a new repertoire of works to present to the Young Library Take 5 audience.

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